2 Thessalonians 3:13: “Dear brothers and sisters, never get tired of doing good” (NLT).
It’s hard to believe, but we’re already almost a full week into 2022! How have your resolutions been going so far?
I’ve been putting forth all my effort into recognizing God’s presence in even the simplest and most ordinary of everyday tasks. It’s been a beautiful and edifying practice that I’m grateful for.
The resolutions you have made are good things. You made them because you want to improve your life, and that’s admirable! There’s always room for us to grow, and we should never settle for staying stagnant in life.
The truth of the matter is that God has created you with unlimited potential. There is a purpose deeply rooted within your identity that God has placed there. To fulfill that divine purpose, you must be at your best in every way possible. Our New Year resolutions can help us to get there!
How? Let’s look for example at one of the most common New Year’s resolutions: to get in better physical shape! At first glance, this may not seem like it’s anything that has to do with our purpose or identity in Christ. But when we dig deeper, we find out that couldn’t be further from the truth!
1 Corinthians 6:19 says. “Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God?” To truly comprehend this verse and its deeper meaning, we must look back at the design of Solomon’s temple in ancient Jerusalem.
The temple was a marvel of architecture and beauty. The temple was built with such staggering attention to perfection as a testament to the Israelites devotion to God. Solomon’s temple was built to reflect the glory of God Himself, for in that temple is where they believed God’s Spirit to reside.
The temple was made up of many courts. As you proceeded further into the temple and through the courts, you entered more holy ground. The innermost sanctum was the holiest of all, known as the Holy of Holies. This room was deemed so holy that only the High Priest could enter it, and only on one day of the entire year.
Why was that? Because that’s the sanctum where they believed God’s Spirit dwelled.
When Jesus died on the cross, the Bible tells us that the veil in the temple was torn in two. This symbolizes the truth that the Holy Spirit now resided within every believer instead of the Holy of Holies.
That’s right: If you are a believer, God’s Spirit is within YOU!
That makes your body sacred space, something to be cherished, respected, and taken care of. Just as you wouldn’t defile a church, don’t defile your body either.
See how the New Year’s resolution of committing to better physical health can carry with it deeply spiritual significance? This is just one example of how our resolutions can be so important to keep!
But did you know that 80% of New Year’s resolutions fail? With those staggering kinds of statistics against us, where are we to find the encouragement, strength, and wisdom we need to see our resolutions through?
The Bible is our source of all wisdom, knowledge, and strength. When we need the extra insight or motivation to crush our goals for the New Year, we can find it in God’s Word! Through the Bible, God shows us the deeper meaning behind everything that we experience in life. This helps to instill purpose and identity in us. That purpose and identity will lead us to naturally experience the motivation to better ourselves in every way so that we can be more like Jesus!
Your Relationship with Christ
Our faith centers around our personal and intimate relationship with Jesus. Jesus loves us as we are, but He also leads us on a journey of discovering and unleashing the fullness of the potential that God has placed within us. Jesus wants nothing more than to see us accomplish God’s purpose for our lives, and it’s through our relationship with Him that it happens!
God didn’t create us to go through life alone. Being a relational being Himself, God created us in His image to thrive off of relationships with each other. Our brothers and sisters in Christ can provide unmatched support when we need it most. Having a fellow believer to hold you accountable for your New Year’s resolutions can make or break you sticking with it!
Don’t give up on your resolutions. God has placed them upon your heart for a reason. Remember your powerful identity as a child of God, and never stop growing!
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